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70 Days of Weaning: Day 2

Signs of Readiness

It has been important for me to assess whether or not my son is really ready to wean. I have been paying attention to him, in this way, over the last year. What I have noticed is this…. images-5

He can go 12-15 hours without nursing, even if I am present with him and ready to nurse at anytime. He can sleep through the night for 10-12 hours, without waking, and without needing to nurse. He can wait to nurse, if I am not ready when he is asking. He can be adamant about asking, if he really needs to nurse immediately. He wants to nourish those around him, like his stuffed animals… so we play nurse his favorite stuffies on most days… this is all by his own initiation. He can ask to nurse with sign, with words, and with a please. He understands it is a joke when his daddy offers to nurse him.

This all tells me he gets it. He understands the nourishment he has been receiving. He is happy for it and playful with it. He holds his nursing relationship loosely enough to bring me a curiosity about what will happen as I gently encourage him to let go a little more.

images-6Some of the other obvious things are present in my assessment as well: fully into solids and has been for a long time, able to drink from various kinds of cups with various kinds of liquids in them, securely attached to me, securely attached to the others close to him in his life, able to make friends and play with others, continually shows an interest in learning and growing, able to take risks, able to seek safety and comfort in various ways, able to express his pleasure and displeasure, able to show empathy to others, able to fall asleep without nursing, does not need to nurse right away when he wakes up, understands and is at peace with hellos and goodbyes, and is overall a very happy, well adjusted little person!

Our nursing schedule today has been 3 early morning nurses and he is down for his nap now, without having nursed. We are looking good for today in terms of progression, happiness, and nourishment through many wonderful means.

Emotional Connection

Emotional Connection Many months ago, I wrote this piece completely inspired by my beloved boyfriend. He asked to know more about what Emotional Connection was for me. We noticed we each have very different ways of approaching and being in relationship, including having unique sets of emotional needs. This question has become unmistakably important in… Continue Reading

“The symbols of the self arise in the depths of the body.”

– C.G. Jung

“If we could untangle the mysteries of life and unravel the energies which run through the world; if we could evaluate correctly the significance of passing events; if we could measure the struggles, dilemmas, and aspirations of mankind, we could find that nothing is born out of time. Everything comes at its appointed moment.” – Joseph R. Sizoo

“The body tells a story. It is, in fact, a living autobiography.”

– Elaine Mayland

“This sky where we live is no place to lose your wings so love, love, love.” – Hafiz

“We cannot say that there is no past or no future, only that past, present, and future occur in the timeless Now.” – Dorothy Hunt

“The point is to learn from whatever is experienced, whether it’s liked or disliked, beautiful or ugly. Everything will teach us if we let it.” – Ajahn Amaro, Finding the Missing Peace

“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” – Anna Quindlen

“If you find an intelligent companion,
A fellow traveler,
A sage of good conduct,
You should travel together,
Delighted and mindful.”
– The Dhammapada, translated by Gil Fronsdal

“When hearts are open and awake, we bring warmth and blessings to our community and the world.” – Jack Kornfield

“Healing is being present with what is, exactly as it is.”

– Rain Elizabeth Stickney

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, because what the world needs is people who have come alive!” – Howard Thurman

“The sacred is the reality of you. It’s the reality of everything.” – Adyashanti

“Eye contact, gentle touch, warmth in our voices, and caring words are balm for your child’s being.” – Patty Wipfler

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

– Aristotle

“Meditation is not a technique to master; it is the highest form of prayer, a naked act of love and effortless surrender into the silent abyss beyond all knowing.” – Adyashanti

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